Saint Lucia Flag
- Location: Eastern Caribbean Sea
- Capital: Castries
- Language(s): English, FrenchCreole
- Total Area: 616 sq km
- Population: 174,987
- Currency: East Caribbean Dollar
- Curious Alcohol Fact: Coconut milk is usually taken during meals instead of alcohol like is the practice in some other Caribbean islands.
- Annual Average Liquor Consumption Per Capita: 11.85 liters
- Most Popular Drink(s): Coconut milk, wines
Located in the Caribbean Sea, the island state of Saint Lucia belongs to the Windward section of the Lesser Antilles. Situated to the south of Martinique and the northeast of Saint Vincent, Saint Lucia has the city of Castries as its seat of administration and the principal port. The climate of Saint Lucia is classified as tropical maritime and that is one of the reasons why many tourists from various parts of the globe keep trooping to Saint Lucia on a regular basis. Saint Lucia was not to become an independent state until 1979.
As I noticed in some of the other islands of the Caribbean, blacks form the majority in Saint Lucia as far as population is concerned. Apart from those with African roots, there are some other ethnic groups in the nation and these include the descendants of migrants from Europe and the East Indians. There is also a significant population of those with mixed heritage and they are popularly referred to as mulattoes. As for the spiritual aspect, the predominant religion in Saint Lucia is Christianity with the Roman Catholic Church being the domineering figure. Other Christian denominations exist and the Anglican Church is worth mentioning. The official language is English and is widely understood in various parts of the island. Many of the islanders are into agriculture, fisheries, forestry and of course, tourism to generate revenue for the local economy.
If you want to have a taste of heaven, all you need is to taste a plate of Saint Lucian food. The most popular dish is banana and salt fish and there is no way you will miss this. Refreshing coconut milk is the favorite during meals.
Diving and snorkeling are quite popular on Saint Lucia. For many of the tourists visiting Saint Lucia, it is more of a trip to paradise as there are many tourist havens and recreational centers. In the southern region of the country, various hot springs attract hordes of tourists. Also, for many of the tourists, the primary attention is the Saint Lucian Jazz Festival held every year.
- Bananas are the major agricultural exports from Saint Lucia.
- The national bird is the Saint Lucia parrot which has been classified as endangered.
- Nice products made from coconuts are some of the most important exports from Saint Lucia.
- The Queen of England is the head of state.
- France was once the colonial master of Saint Lucia and the legacy of the French patois spoken in the country is a testimony of French colonialism.
- Saint Lucia has produced two recipients of the prestigious Nobel Prize for Literature.
- Saint Lucia is also referred to as the ‘Helen of the West Indies’.
- Saint Lucia was once a tug of war between the United Kingdom and France.
- Saint Lucia is both a member of the Commonwealth and La Francophonie.
- The political subdivisions in Saint Lucia are referred to as quarters.
- Castries is the capital of this serenely beautiful island.
- A French pirate with a wooden leg was once a frequent visitor to the island.
- There are 11 quarters or parishes on the island.
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